COLONIE — The town Republican Party picked George Scaringe, a political veteran with more than five decades of experience, to take on incumbent Supervisor Paula Mahan in November.
There are also three Town Board seats up for grabs.
Republican Chris Carey will seek re-election as will Democrat Paul Rosano.
The other two Republican candidates are Rick Field, the owner of a real estate company whose father, Fred Field, served as town supervisor for 18 years; and Danielle Futia, the director of hospitality at Carondelet Hospitality Center, located in the St. Joseph’s Provincial House.
Democrat Brian Austin, a member of the Planning Board who ran two years ago, announced on social media his intent to run. The third Democrat is not yet known.
Town Board member Jennifer Whalen, a Republican, opted not to run for her seat and will instead run for the Albany County Legislature. That decision created the third open seat on the six-member panel.
Scaringe is a former Albany County Republican chairman and in 2016 was elected chair of the Town of Colonie Republican Party. On his resume he can boast getting a Republican elected as county executive, Michael Hoblock, despite the Democrats having an overwhelming enrollment advantage and getting Fred Field elected as town supervisor.
The Republicans will formally announce their town and county candidates on Saturday, Feb. 16, at their headquarters in the strip mall at 1770 Central Ave. next door to Brueger’s Bagels.
This story will be updated.